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Magazine - October 6, 2022

Who is Who in Africa’s Most Powerful Law Firms

Hello and welcome to this October edition of Business Elites Africa! In this issue, “Who is Who in Africa’s Most Powerful Law Firms,” we take a quick dive into the lives, industry genius, and entrepreneurial journeys of Africa’s most influential legal minds and advocates.

At Business Elites Africa, we believe that part of what makes a great and prosperous nation is the legal framework, the study and propagation of its legal philosophies, systems and perspectives. Our team believes that the class and quality of legal minds as custodians of a nation’s legal jurisprudence is a good measure of the life and health of its economy, and social and geopolitical fabric, among others. 

The legal profession in the continent of Africa has evolved tremendously. From the years of colonial domination, to the post-independence years when the likes of Sir Adeyemo Alakija, Akintola Williams; Hauwa Ibrahim and their contemporaries across Africa, showed the world that Africa was a force to reckon with, not only in sports and wars, but also in building and managing complex legal structures, promoting the rule of law, as well as disseminating specialised legal knowledge and skill sets, exceptional advocacy and arbitrations prowess in the core practice of common law and international law.

The 21st century economy brought with it endless military interventions, unprecedented interruptions in the rule of Law, and in many cases, outright brutal suspensions of legal precedence across the continent. Unlike their counterparts in developed societies, African lawyers operate in a generally flawed atmosphere of economic backwardness, political instability and grossly under-developed legal systems. There is also the lack of Judiciary independence, low financial reward and, a general sense of dishonesty in the citizenry; poor rule of law, among many issues that make the legal profession less attractive to the young generation in Africa.

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The mid-80s to late 90’s brought in the likes of the Justices Oputa, Bello; Ajanah and Nnamani on the Nigerian front, and fiery lawyers like Gani Fawemi, Hon. Justice Bello, Chief Ben Nwabueze, Femi Falana and a host of others, who made bold and concerted efforts to bring renewed trust and sustainable growth back into the legal profession, not only in Nigeria but also in the rest of Africa. Africa’s legal minds have never been deterred from taking the fight to the most brutal forces. Many have built enormous wealth and international traction beyond all imagination.

In this edition, we showcase top lawyers in Africa who have defied all odds and broken every ceiling to not only show that the legal profession can be a force to reckon with, not only in nation-building, but also in the overall quest for personal wealth and industry prominence. Their experiences, personal drives and wealth, as well as their legal perspectives and philosophies, build a new army and shape the way the legal profession develops in Africa. 

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